I believe that learning the history behind something can give one more appreciation for it. Take for instance the white willow bark. There is written document dating back to the 5th century BC of how white willow bark was used for medicinal purposes. For someone like me that does not favor modern prescription medicine, I find this tidbit of information reassuring. Knowing that this natural ingredient was found to be successful in treating some mild common ailments reassures me that it must be an herb worth researching and contemplating as a treatment for myself if need arise.
A Bit Of History
White willow bark is a tree indigenous to Europe and parts of Asia. The tree gets its name from the color of the tree’s leaves, which are covered by fine white hairs. Way back in 1829, the active substance or ingredient from the tree called salicin began to grow in popularity and people in that time period would specifically ask to be treated with it in hopes of healing whatever problem was plaguing them. In the 5th century time period, people were advised to take a piece of the bark and chew on it to help relieve fever and inflammation.
Thanks to modern research further information on the White Willow Bark has been uncovered shedding further light on how one can choose a natural solution for treating aches, pains, fevers, inflammation. The active substance salicin found in white willow bark has since been used to formulate aspirin. The herb is still used today to treat several mild conditions and is often preferred over aspirin because it is less acidic and easier on the stomach lining.
Studies have shown that White Willow Bark could be a useful treatment for the following conditions:
- Headache – research is still being unveiled as to how white willow bark can help relieve migraine headaches – though research has shown that a certain dosage of white willow in conjecture with several other natural ingredients such as feverfew and ginger can be a potent combination in the battle against migraine headaches.
- Lower Back Pain
- Menstrual Cramps